"Carte de l'Afrique Francoise ou du Senegal Dressee sur un Grand Nombre de Cartes Manuscrites et d'Itineraires Rectifies par Diverses Observations", Delisle/Covens & Mortier
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
24.3 x 19.2 inches
61.7 x 48.8 cm
This impressive, large map covers present-day Senegal and Gambia. The map is colored to show the extents of various tribes and provides extensive detail along the Senegal River. The region was an important center for African trade, especially the slave trade, and was the site of various battles between the European powers. This map represents the French interests in the region who broke the Portuguese monopoly in the late 16th century and established trading posts along the river. Decorated with large, uncolored, title and scale of miles cartouches. The map was originally drawn by Delisle and dated 1727. This issue is with Covens & Mortier imprint in the cartouche.
A dark impression with original outline color. There is light offsetting, a printer's crease to the left of the centerfold, and a short crack (0.5") caused by oxidation of the original green pigment near "Pays des Foules de Casson."